Water damage can occur unexpectedly or over time, causing mold growth and other unwanted problems in your house. These problems can drain you financially since most of them are not covered by homeowners insurance. It is thus important to regularly check for potential causes of water damage and deal with them before they result in costly damages.
1 Pipe Bursts and Leaks
Bursting and leaking pipes are common culprits of water damage. Pipes leak or burst when the drains and toilets block over time. The blocked sections can cause undue pressure in the pipe, causing it to burst or leak. Damaged garbage disposal units are also known to cause pipe bursts and leaks. The same applies to roots that grow on the sewer line and constant rusting.
2 Leaking Bathtub and Toilets
Overflowing bathtubs and toilet can cause a serious water damage if you don’t identify the problem earlier enough. Quite often, a faulty supply line is the main culprit here. The joints in the supply line may become loose over time, allowing water to seep through. A broken toilet tank, stuck flapper and faulty connections can also cause serious leakages.
3 Sewer Backups
Sewer backups occur when the water from the toilet or kitchen sink moves back to the outlets as a result of a blockage in the sewer line. The blockage may be due to trees and shrubs in the sewer line. A blockage in the city sanitary main can also cause sewer backup if the plumbers fail to detect the problem in time.
4 Attic Concerns
Certain parts of your house are more susceptible to water damage than others. Sections such attics, crawl spaces and basements are highly affected because they house pipes and other plumbing components. A damp crawl space, attic and basement allow mold to grow rapidly. This can result in serious structural damages and basement leaks.
Damaged heating, ventilating and air conditioning units can cause water damage if not handled properly. Air conditioners, for example, may cause moisture buildup. When the moisture cools, it can activate the mold spores inside the house and encourage mold growth.
6 Natural Disasters
Flash floods, sudden storms and hurricanes can cause water to build up in the house. It is important to take the necessary precautions ahead of time to minimize the extent of damage.
If you are in the Arizona area contact our qualified water damage restoration experts as soon as possible after the weather-related event to address any problems that may come up.